Monthly Archives: April 2018

The Mustard Seed!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Happy Monday my friends and welcome to my Monday Blog! A special welcome goes to all you new comers around the World, who are here for the very first time! I’m so grateful to all of you and hope when possible you’ll put me on your calendar for every Monday. I make an extra effort not to preach to you; however, sometimes I may get a little out of control and head up that path…trust me though, there’s always a good reason if you read between the lines.

I used to be somewhat rebellious. You know the type…”I can do anything if I really want to”…the only problem with that attitude is that it’s a bit singular and may not work in all situations. Also that style may give the impression that one doesn’t need anyone else. Actually I chased peace for a long time and then found it in my brokenness. That’s when I truly started listening to God, and in case we think God’s mighty Hand is not in everything, well, think again!

Helpless, weary, sick, in pain, broken hearted…LOST, No matter what we’re dealing with or even why, God’s mighty Hand is smack dab in the middle of every crisis we face! He loves us; he doesn’t want us to suffer; He even sent His only begotten son to suffer for us! What more can He do for us to prove His undying love for us?

If you don’t know God, but want to know Him, Church is always a great place to start. My pastor, Rev. Bryant Wright, always reminds us that church is not a Hotel for Saints, rather a Hospital for Sinners. Frankly, I shudder to think where I might be right now, had I not had the opportunity to regularly attend church at a very young age. When I grew up and could make my own decisions, I knew full-well where my faith, heart and devotion belonged, and Church was my way of witnessing for my Savior, Jesus Christ. That was my personal way of saying “Thank you, God, for everything, especially for Jesus!!”

You know, I believe the hardest thing about believing in “the invisible” is believing in the invisible. It’s not a trick. It’s not a joke. Believing in something/anything we cannot see, takes FAITH. How much faith?

“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move.” Matthew 17:20

Without faith, is to be without God. Without God is to be without Eternity with God. Without Eternity with God is to spend Eternity in Hell.

My prayer for all of us this week is that as Christians we will never doubt God and we’ll embrace our faith and share our love for God with someone who doesn’t know Him as we do. Amen!

GOD is Good! GOD is Great!! Always!!!

I love you,

Margaret

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YOU Want ME To WHAT?!!

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Welcome to my Monday Blog, my dear friends! I’m grateful for each one of you and invite you to continue to join me here each Monday. Feel free to leave a comment or post a question, anytime.

I always have a great deal on my heart and mind when I sit down to blog and share my feelings with you. Today is no different and I’m led to remind us all about one of the most important lessons in Life: Forgiveness

Easter has just passed a couple of weeks ago and I’m still feeling the incredible love of Jesus Christ and what He did for the World in the name of forgiveness! This is so important for us to know, understand and commit ourselves to doing for as long as we live here on this Earth.

Forgiveness/noun: the action or process of forgiving or being forgiven; to stop blaming or  feeling anger toward someone;

Psychologists generally define forgiveness as “a conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings or resentment or vengeance toward a person or group who has harmed you, regardless of whether they actually deserve your forgiveness.”

This definition is rather curious to me, as it states “regardless of whether they actually deserve your forgiveness”, which of course is what forgiveness is all about.  If Jesus had died for only those who deserved forgiveness, then we would all be in a World of hurt right now!

I feel certain we all know what happens when we just can’t find it in our hearts to forgive someone. We suffer even more when we hold a grudge and can’t find it in our hearts to let it go, move on and FORGIVE the evil doer (s), already! Why is that, anyway?

We instantly become “teachers”, as in…“I’ll teach them a lesson or two…”,  then we proceed with the Grudge Lessons. It’s sad, pathetic, wrong…and we all do it. Ya know what else we do? We even hold grudges against ourselves! Not only do we have problems forgiving our transgressors, but sometimes we have even more trouble forgiving ourselves!

Here’s my take on this: If Jesus was willing to hang on a tree, suffering a horrible death, for the worlds’ sins (NOT His)…then, today and tomorrow…until He returns, then what is our problem!?

Can we possibly be filled with the pain, agony and suffering Jesus was that day on the Cross…as He hung there dying for all of us? No way! We fall into the category of self-righteous human beings. We love our Lord Jesus and we thank Him for dying for us because we’re sinners, but we are different; we are special. It’s alright for us to hold a grudge, because we are teachers and until someone learns their lesson we will hold onto that grudge…even against ourselves. We will forgive when they (or we) are worthy of  forgiveness, based on our terms. WRONG!!

So… YOU WANT ME TO WHAT?

My prayer for all of us this week is that we will all search our hearts and minds for the strength and courage to consider what is really going on inside ourselves when we are unable to forgive – anyone, everyone including ourselves.

“He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone…”  – John 8:7

“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”  – MLK, Jr.

“Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.”                   – Maya Angelou

Amen!

GOD is Good! GOD is Great!! Always!!!

I love you,

Margaret

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Let’s Celebrate!!

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Welcome to my Monday Blog, my Friends!!

Well, I’ve been Blessed-To-Blog (I like that), for almost five years now and every week is like a celebration for me. I love what the Lord continues to do in my of Life. Amen!!

For instance, over these past few years He has blessed me with over 58 countries who join me here week after week after week and I am so grateful to them. To name a few who are what I refer to as my base readers, are the US (#1), followed in order by the Philippines, Canada, India, United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, Romania, Hong Kong SAR China, Ireland, Dominican Republic, and France. Frankly, I’m overwhelmed and humbled each week as I sit down here at my desk and talk with God about what’s on His mind…not just mine. He never fails me. I never prepare, not really. I’ve learned that if I’m patient and obedient, He’ll tell me exactly what He wants me to share with you. He’s always right…of course!

As Easter has just passed and we move on with our lives, it’s most important that we never forget the price Jesus paid for us to have this life on Earth in the first place. We must remember that Jesus was without sin. He wasn’t crucified because of His sins, he died for our sins.

So how do we repay Jesus for His great sacrifice and our redemption?

This is the part I really love to share:  First, we fall in love with Jesus Christ. We love him so much that we accept Him as our Savior. We live by His rules. We live our gift of Life that He gave us and we live it with gusto. The way we say,“Thank you, Jesus, for dying for my sins with your precious Life”, is to live our gift in His holy name. Live for Him and be bold about it. Don’t be ashamed of Him. Share your love for Him with anyone and everyone. If you come across someone who doesn’t know Him and resists your testimony, pray for them and turn them over to Jesus. He’ll deal with them, knowing at least you tried. There is no love on Earth greater than the love of our Savior, Jesus Christ and that love works miracles!!

We honor Him by living His gift to us with every breath we take. He wants us to be happy and therefore we must live for Him, through Him, with His promise that we will spend our eternity, Life after death, with Him. Amen!!

My prayer for all of us this week, is that we will never forget why Jesus died for us. He died so that our sins would be forgiven and that if we repent of our worldly sins and accept Him as our Lord and Savior while here on Earth, He will bless us with an eternity with Him in heavenly splendor. It is for this reason, that as we live our gift of Life He gave us, we must also honor Him by forgiving those who trespass against us.  

He forgave and we must forgive, as we Celebrate this event called Life. It came at a very high price!

GOD is Good! GOD is Great!! Always!!!

I love you,

Margaret

My novel, a spiritual thriller, “That Melvin Bray”, is available on amazon: